Chaos in Production

Sancton, Thomas
August 1942
New Republic;8/31/42, Vol. 107 Issue 9, p521
Focuses on the present crisis in the industrial productivity in the U.S., forecasting the certainty for industrial mobilization. Analysis of the threat of complete collapse of industries due to fast increasing crisis; Information regarding the task and roles of heads of government departments, specially of Donald Nelson of the War Department, towards productivity increase; Report that the military, particularly the army service of supply under General Brehon B. Somervell, ran production with notable results as long as our national plant was traveling on reserves; Discussion of reasons responsible for the impracticability for the War Department to control industrial mobilization, including economic and civilian problems; Belief of the public and journalists about the production crisis as the result of a contest for power between Nelson and Somervell; Arguments for neither to militarize industry nor industrialize the army; Discussion of international influences over the present industrial structure of the U.S.; Information on the propaganda regarding President's proposed New Deal and its effectiveness.


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